Driving in Belgium – See It For Yourself

The Kingdom of Belgium is part of the Low Countries along with the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Belgium is perhaps best known for its tasty beer and delicious chocolate, so any visitor is in for a real treat. Much of the country is flat, so tourists are generally not here for the landscape but instead are here to experience the very interesting people and culture.

Belgium Car Hire Tip – When driving in Belgium remember that you’ll be driving on the right hand side. Also cars coming from the right usually have right of way but not always. Either way it’s safer to give way.

Brussels is located in more or less the centre of the country, it’s the capital of Belgium and, with so many EU institutions based here, is the de facto capital of the European Union as well. No trip to Brussels would be complete without a visit to its oldest and most famous citizen, Manneken Pis – the bronze statue of a little boy.

If you head north to Antwerp, you’ll find this charming city which sometimes claims to be the diamond capital of the world. This claim is well founded as more than 70% of all diamonds are traded in this city! Antwerp has loads to offer with its many historical buildings and numerous museums. You could always take a tour of the port which is the 2nd largest in Europe.

Belgium Car Hire Tip – Make note that the speed limit is 120km/h on motorways, 90km/h on main roads, 50km/h in towns and cities and 30km/h near churches, schools and hospitals, etc.

Heading west you’ll find Ghent, a very beautiful city with many extravagant historical buildings. All these buildings are a testament to the past when Ghent was one of the richest cities in Europe. This medium sized city is popular with younger people as it’s not as big as Antwerp and Brussels but still large enough to have an exciting nightlife.

Continuing towards the coast you’ll arrive in Bruges which is home to the College of Europe. Much of the city centre retains its historical buildings, many of which have been restored. A visit to the Church of Our Lady is well worthwhile and here you’ll see the famous Michelangelo sculpture of the Madonna and Child.

Belgium Car Hire Tip - Driving on the motorways is free of charge and toll-free so you won’t have to worry about carrying any change.

Ostend is located on the coast and here you’ll find the best of beaches in the country. This seaside town is sometimes called the Grand Old Lady of Belgian beach resorts.

Heading south you’ll arrive in Ypres, which is a small town but was the site of three major battles during WWI, including the Battle of Passchendaele, one of the most costly of that war.

Belgium Car Hire Tip – As famous a beer drinking country as Belgium is, the laws are stricter on drink driving, 0.5 is over the limit unlike the UK and Ireland where it’s 0.8 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood.

Turning east and perhaps passing back through Brussels and out the other side you can visit Liege. The city is rather unusual in that it’s a very popular getaway for Belgians as a hiking destination.

All these cities are just a taste of what there is to see and visit during your trip to Belgium. Enjoy! For the best deals in Car Rental, check out our Car Hire Belgium page.

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